European Markets Soar at Close

Canada shares end higher; Hong Kong stocks finish lower

European stock markets finished higher Wednesday. London's FTSE index was up 48.8 points, or 1.25%, to 3,966.5. In Paris, the CAC 40 index rose 48.07 points, or 1.65%, to 2,962.67. In Frankfurt, the DAX index increased 13.44 points, or 0.45%, to 2,974.4.

Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX rose 33.95 points, or 0.52%, to 6,616.87.

In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 index finished Wednesday's session higher by 2.92 points, or 0.04%, at 7,793.38. Meanwhile, Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng index lost 52.31 points, or 0.61%, to 8,519.6.

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